Wallace Stegner Fact Sheet

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STEGNER, Wallace (Earle) 1909-1993


Born February 18, 1909, in Lake Mills, IA; died of injuries resulting from a car accident, April 13, 1993, in Santa Fe, NM; son of George H. And Hilda (Paulson) Stegner; married Mary Stuart Page, September 1, 1934; children: Stuart Page. Education: University of Utah, B.A., 1930; additional study at University of California, 1932-33; State University of Iowa, M.A., 1932, Ph.D., 1935.


Home: 13456 South Fork Lane, Los Altos Hills, CA 94022. Agent: Brandt & Brandt, 1501 Broadway, New York, NY 10036.


Augustana College, Rock Island, IL, instructor, 1933-34; University of Utah, Salt Lake City, instructor, 1934-37; University of Wisconsin--Madison, instructor, 1937-39; Harvard University, Cambridge, MA, Briggs- Copeland Instructor of Composition, 1939-45; Stanford University, Stanford, CA, professor of English, 1945-69, Jackson Eli Reynolds Professor of Humanities, 1969-71, director of creative writing program, 1946-71; University of Toronto, Toronto, Ontario, Bissell Professor of Canadian-U.S. Relations, 1975. American Academy in Rome, writer in residence, 1960; Phi Beta Kappa visiting scholar, 1960-61; University of Utah, Tanner Lecturer, 1980. Assistant to the Secretary of the Interior, 1961; National Parks Advisory Board member, 1962-66, and chairman, 1965-66.


American Academy of Arts and Sciences, American Institute and Academy of Arts and Letters, American Anitiquarian Society, Phi Betta Kappa.

Awards, Honors

Little, Brown Prize, 1937, for Remembering Laughter; 0. Henry Awards, 1942, 1950, and 1954; Houghton-Mifflin Life-in-America Award and Ainsfield-Wolfe Award, both 1945, both for One Nation; Guggenheim Fellow, 1949-51 and 1959; Rockefeller fellowship, 1950-51, to conduct seminars with writers throughout the Far East; Wenner-Gren Foundation grant, 1953; Center for Advanced Studies in the Behavioral Sciences fellow, 1956; D. Litt., University of Utah, 1968, and Utah State University, 1972; D.F.A., University of California, 1969; National Endowment for the Humanities Senior Fellow, 1972; Pulitzer Prize, 1972, for Angle of Repose; D.L., University of Saskatchewan, 1973; Western Literature Association Award, 1974; National Book Award for fiction, 1977, for The Spectator Bird; D.H.L., University of Santa Clara, 1979; Los Angeles Times, Robert Kirsch Award, for body of work, 1980; Montgomery fellow, Dartmouth College, 1980; National Book Critics Circle Award nomination, 1987, for Crossing to Safety and 1990, for The Collected Stories; has also received five Commonwealth Club medals.